Group Making Items for Local Hospitals, the Military,
Warm up America and More
Hingham, MA - Many people at Linden Ponds have been knitting for years, they are making items for local hospitals, the military, their families and more. While not all the knitters at Linden Ponds choose to belong to the knitting club, the group is growing with over 30 active members.
Overtime three smaller groups: The Comfort Shawl Knitters, The Caps for Kids Knitters, and the Plastic Bag Crocheters, joined together to form the ChitChat Knitters. The name was officially changed in October 2012. The Knitters and Crocheters gather together weekly for two hours to knit, crochet, and converse.
"There are so many of us here doing wonderful knitting projects its only natural to come together to share of joy of needlework and discuss whatever suits our fancy on a particular day," said Deb Graham, the current leader of the group. "Being able to knit while talking with others is a wonderful experience. The social part is very important to us."
Currently they are knitting hats for Caps for Kids which are then sent to Dana Farber. From there, the Hospital distributes the hats and mittens to homeless shelters, Boston Public Schools, Community Health Centers, and the Brigham and Womens Natal Center.
In the past they had knit rectangles for Warm up America which then used the rectangles to make afghans for homeless shelters.
Recently the group voted to partner with an organization located on the South Shore. They are currently reaching out to Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore in hopes of providing afghans and other knitted items needed by the organization.
"We want to make a difference closer to home." said Graham.
They also knit liners for Military helmets and comfort shawls for the Continuing Care at Linden Ponds. In addition to their charity work, they continue to expand their indiviual needlework talentts by knitting and crocheting items for family and friends.
"Deb is a great leader and puts her whole heart into everything she organizes for us," said Frankie Darrow, who lives at Linden Ponds. "I have been knitting for years and enjoy meeting others who enjoy knitting, along with learning new ideas from others. I look forward to our weekly meetings every Monday."
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Linden Ponds is a full-service continuing care retirement community situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Hingham, Massachusetts. The vibrant campus opened in October 2004, and is home to 1,200 people who are enjoying life to the fullest.